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Developed from a classic undergraduate course on the study of the motion of bodies, this volume stresses the history of science as well as relevant physics and mathematics. R. Catesby Taliaferro developed a well-attended and much-revered course during his 20-year tenure at Notre Dame. He left among his papers the unfinished manuscript for this text, which has now been completed and prepared for publication by a group of his former students and colleagues.
Suitable for undergraduates and beginning graduate students of physics and the history of science, this volume begins with an exploration of ancient Greek celestial mechanics and the seventeenth-century scientific revolution incited by Kepler's work. Subsequent chapters examine vector spaces and their applications, elementary differential geometry, particle dynamics, displacement and kinematics, theories of light, and the special theory of relativity.
About the Author
Robert Catesby Taliaferro (1907-87) was a mathematician, philosopher, and historian of science. He translated several ancient Greek and Latin works into English and taught at the University of Notre Dame from 1952 until his retirement in 1972.Alexander Hahn is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Notre Dame.Thomas F. Banchoff is Professor of Mathematics at Brown University.Frederick J. Crosson (1926-2009) was the John J. Cavanaugh Professor Emeritus of Humanities at the University of Notre Dame.